Weaver Vale schools set for £3.4m loss, MP finds

U.K, December 06, 2018: Mike Amesbury sent questionnaires to 49 schools to try and gauge the impact of cuts to education budgets.

It revealed that half of schools have experienced rising pupil numbers, with only 5 per cent recording a fall since 2015.

More than 60 per cent of schools have had to make staffing cuts in the same period, while 60 per cent noted a fall or stagnation in Special Educational Needs (SEN) staff since 2015.

Teachers also revealed there had been cuts to books and equipment, teacher training and development, school trips, external student support and SEN provision according to reports published in northwichguardian.co.ukc

According to the School Cuts website, over £3.4 million will be lost from the budget of 42 schools in the constituency from 2015 to 2020, averaging over £81,000 per school and £265 per pupil.

Overall, three quarters of schools rated their financial sustainability as unhealthy or very unhealthy, and 86.6 per cent responded stating they were unsatisfied or very unsatisfied with the overall picture of the schools funding situation.

Mike said: “Regardless of our political persuasion we all want the very best for our children, but it’s clear what impact cuts to our education system are having. There’s also the issue of teacher pay rises, which are not being fully funded.

“In the recent budget the Chancellor talked about giving schools ‘the little extras’, but these things are not extras – they’re essential.

“I will continue to campaign for a fairer funding deal for Weaver Vale’s schools, so our children’s educations do not suffer.”

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